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Celebrate the Year of the Home Child with Brant County

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Image: Tom Curtis, link below

In commemoration of 2010 being the Year of the British Home Child in Canada, the Brant County Branch of OGS is holding a two day open house for descendants of home children and anyone with an interest in the stories of the home children who came to this country. 

The open house will be held Saturday, October 23rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 24th from 1 to 8 p.m.
at Smokey Hollow Estates,
 114-118 Powerline Road,
 Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Opening ceremonies will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission $2.00 per person.

*Come, meet and talk with other descendants. Renew acquaintances. Make new friends. 

*Put faces to the names on Rootsweb, and wear your t-shirt and a name tag so we’ll know you! – - Everyone welcome! 

*1:00 p.m. on Saturday meet MP Phil McColeman. 

*We’ll have displays, trunks and the Memorial Quilt made by Gail Collins, St Catharines 

*Be sure to bring your research binder or a display. There’s lots of room. 

*There’ll be BHC books and pins for sale. 

*Our adjacent library will be open. 

*Meals will be available both days at $7.00 per person.
              Saturday: lunch 12-2, dinner 4-6 
              Sunday: dinner only 4-6

For more information:
email –
phone – 519.753.4140
Everyone is welcome!
Hope to see you there!

Home Children at the library

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Canadian government has designated 2010 as the Year of the British Home Child in Canada. Many Canadians researching their family history will find that they are descended from one of the British orphans sent to the colonies.

 You can find information about Home Children at our library!

 When searching our Library Catalogue , here are some good words to use in our SUBJECT field:

  •  Home children
  • Foster children – England 
  • Immigrant children – England
  • Orphans – England
  • Indentured servants

Here are some books to start with:

 Nation Builders: Barnardo Children in Canada by Gail H. Corbett
This book uses archival materials and records of first hand accounts to tell the stories of the thousands of children who emigrated from Britain to become Canada’s Home Children

 The Golden Bridge: young immigrants to Canada, 1833-1939 by Marjorie Kohli
Considered to be a comprehensive resource for Home Child research, this book not only tells the stories of the children themselves but also offers background information on the many people and agencies involved in bringing the Home Children to Canada.

 Fegan index of Home Children Database by Catherine Gollinger-Lorente from Fegan records provided by Doug Fry.
JWC Fegan opened a series of homes and camps for young boys in England in the latter half of the 19th century. In 1884 he started sending many of these boys and young men to Canada where a Fegan Home was opened in Toronto. This is an index of the records of this home. It contains information about more than 3000 boys.

 On the Web:
Some websites to visit for more information were mentioned on the June 18th, blog post

Here are a few more:

 The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa  is working with Library and Archives Canada to index the Home children found on Passenger Lists as well as other groups of Home Children. You can find more information about this project on their website.

 Library and Archives Canada also has a site dedicated to the Home Children The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Trunks and Travel page exhibits some examples of the types of luggage that would have been used by Home Children on their journey to Canada. It is at the bottom of the page.

Home Children Memory Quilts

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Genealogy Grab Bag

2010 has been declared the Year of the British Home Child in Canada. This is of interest to genealogists who may find they are descended from one of over 100,000 children displaced from Britain to a hard life as an orphan in the colonies, sometimes under suspicious circumstances.

Volunteers at OGS Perth County Branch are spreading the word of the Memory Quilts for Home Children which will be displayed at museums in Stratford and Belleville over the summer in recognition of these children, the lives they led, and their legacy. You are invited to visit the museums to view the quilts. 

One of two quilts will be displayed at the following museums on the following dates:

 Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford ON – Sunday June 27 – Saturday July 10
Hwy 8 – just west of city limits
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Monday       12 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday – Saturday    10 am – 4 pm

Glanmore House, Belleville ON -  Wednesday July 14 – Wednesday July 28
257 Bridge St. E.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Sunday    10 am – 4:30 pm

If you’re interested in learning more about the Home Children, here are some websites to explore: - This site is an extension of the British Home Children mailing list. The site is dedicated to the recognition and memory of the home children.

Pier 21′s Online Collection - Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum in Halifax has an online collection of the histories of many Canadian home children. They are available to be read in pdf format.

Cyndi’s List – Home Children and Child Migrants - Cyndi’s List is a popular source for links to genealogical resources. If you’re researching home children in your family tree, there are some useful sites listed here for you.